I knew he was trying to endure to protect his pride, so I deliberately put in more strength to torture him for a while longer. Chen Yuzhou grunted and glared at me with eyes bigger than a bell. That look of his tickled me pink.
“Let me explain for a bit. I really have nothing to do with Lin Fang. I really only happened to save her on that day so stop getting so worked up over this. Look, you are here to discuss a deal with our company. Why don’t we all behave like civilized men?”
The people who crowded around us kept increasing, but they could not tell the extent of our conflict. The atmosphere still looked quite friendly except Lin Fang who was close by could clearly tell that Chen Yuzhou’s eyes had turned red from the pain.
I caught a glimpse of Mr. Lu amongst the people in the crowd, so I said, “How about this? We each take a step back. Lin Fang and I will apologize to you. As for the contract, we will sign it here.”
Chen Yuzhou glared at me flabbergasted and yelled, “You should...”
However, I spoke before he did, in a low voice, “If you don’t agree, just wait and become Tong City’s butt of the joke.”
After finishing my words, I put in more strength in my squeeze. Chen Yuzhou’s unfinished sentence jerked and changed into, “You~ should~ rest~ assured.”
From where she stood, Lin Fang could clearly see what was happening, and she was quickly amused as she covered her mouth while giggling secretly. She was laughing until tears formed in her eyes, and she looked at me. My heart skipped a beat. She was truly a beauty.
“Excuse me, let me through.” Mr. Lu squeezed into the crowd while in disbelief. Lin Fang had slapped Chen Yuzhou, yet he was still willing to do business with him. This incident would probably change his outlook on life.
Mr. Lu tried to verify again from sidelines, “Mr. Chen, this transaction is really finalized now?”
Chen Yuzhou lowered his voice and said to me, “Let go of me, I agree!”
Both of us were back facing Mr. Lu so he could not see our expressions. I also laughed lowly in return, “That’s wonderful.”
I released my grip on his wrist. He was in so much pain that he immediately moved his wrist to hide between his thighs to relieve the ache. It was the most basic action of self-protection for humans, but he looked extremely vulgar doing that in his well-ironed suit.
Lin Fang smiled as she gently pushed me away.
I turned my head around and said, “That’s right, Mr. Lu. Mr. Chen is very easy to talk to. We had some misunderstanding in the room earlier, but he has already agreed to the contract now. After all, we were classmates, and Mr. Chen is a generous man. He surely won’t fuss over these small matters. Everyone here should know that. All of you must be familiar with Mr. Chen too. Chen Yuzhou, Juen Group’s Young Master.”
I said that on purpose in order to let everyone know Chen Yuzhou’s true identity. If he dared to go back on his words, he would be thoroughly shamed and embarrassed. I deliberately placed him in an awkward position where he could not find a way out.
Chen Yuzhou was infuriated to the point of wanting to curse as he gave me a severe glare full of hatred. I held his shoulder, and he spoke angrily, “What else do you want?!”
“Yuzhou, why don’t you sign the contract right now? It is perfect, Mr. Lu has brought the paperwork here today.”
“There’s no hurry to sign the contract. It can wait till next time.”
I purposely squeezed his shoulder and said, “Just sign it now. When it comes to business, efficiency is the most important.”
Mr. Lu was not a fool either, he could tell what was up. He pulled out the contract quickly, “Yes, yes. Mr. Chen, we are almost done with our chat anyways. All we need is your signature, and we can put in extra shifts through the nights to complete the work quickly.”
So I said, “Mr. Lu, how can you say that? Surely our Mr. Chen is not a liar. He already promised to sign the contract so he will do that. The business world is all about credibility. There are so many people watching. If he goes back on his words, who in Tong City would dare to work with him in the future? I have known Yuzhou for a long time. He is definitely not that sort, right?”
I forced Chen Yuzhou’s hands by my few sentences. It was impossible for him to leave or deny, so he had no choice but to pick up the contract and pretended to read through before signing.
After signing the contract, he squeezed the pen and glared at me angrily. The four of us pretended to be in harmony as we returned to the private room. Once we left the public’s view, Chen Yuzhou could no longer continue his pretense as he picked up his bag and walked away with a darkened expression.
What I did not expect was that Mr. Lu was not surprised either. From the looks of it, he also knew that Chen Yuzhou did not truly want to collaborate with us.
Mr. Lu held the contract and drank three glasses of wine in succession. He was overjoyed, “Don’t look at me like that. I only want business deals. He has signed the contract anyway, Juen Group cannot deny this fact. If they want to annul the contract, I still can get a hefty sum of compensation, you know.”
Lin Fang and I exchanged glances, this situation was wildly different from our predictions.
Mr. Lu was quite an oddball. Indeed, he only has eyes for business. He rewarded Lin Fang as promised; he directly transferred the amount to Lin Fang’s bank account when he was sitting in the private room.
“You have offended Chen Yuzhou, so I don’t know how long I can keep you. But... but I am not ingrateful man. I will let you drive this Land Rover. If I dismiss you one day, I will give you your severance pay. You... you definitely won’t suffer any losses...”
“Mr. Lu, you are drunk. You can rest at my place first,”
“T-this is your house? I want to go home,”
“But I don’t know where you live? What is your address?”
He froze in bewilderment and thought for a long time before he gave up and laughed foolishly. Left with no choice, I tried to find a spot to park the car, but there was no parking lot available in the small residential area.
When I was driving, I happened to look at Lin Fang inadvertently while rotating my head around. She was also doing the same, and our eyes met. My face blushed instantly, and I pretended to look at the car windows. Although I covered up in time, the atmosphere had already become very awkward. I felt that Lin Fang seemed to have noticed something.
Right at this moment, Mr. Lu who was behind said, “Young lad... Y-you, don’t think that I am kidding with you. This Land Rover of mine is truly expensive. You will look very respectable if you drive it out. Oh, you have to fill up the oil yourself... A poor chap like you can drive such a nice car... You must have been blessed....”
I smiled, “Thank you, Mr. Lu. Sit tight. I will shift a parking lot out for you now.”
I had no choice but to shift my Porsche out for a parking lot. This Porsche belonged to Han Kun. I did not have time to buy a car, so Han Kun lent me his most low-profile car.
After shifting it away, I hopped on the driver seat. Lin Fang and Mr. Lu stared at me with glassy eyes, flabbergasted.
“Why are you all looking at me like that?”
“Y-y-you have a Porsche. Why didn’t you say so earlier?” Mr. Lu’s voice trailed off weakly.
I laughed in response, “It belongs to my friend.”
“Oh, like what I thought. Porsche wastes oil. Y-you should drive my Land Rover. Land Rover is as good as Porsche.”
I saw Mr. Lu retracting his head guiltily from the rear view mirror. This fat, unscrupulous merchant was quite interesting contrary to my thoughts. I did not expect that Han Kun’s car would come in handy at a moment like this.
I threw Mr. Lu who slept soundly like a pig on my bed before sending Lin Fang who lived opposite me to her home.
“Wait, Zhang Chao!” Lin Fang suddenly called out when I turned around.